With a number of new Coronavirus cases in Western NSW, Canowindra Hospital has set up a fever clinic for the local community. “A fever clinic has been set up at the Canowindra Hospital, but we ask that people experiencing a fever please call ahead before they go to the hospital,” said Kate Fotheringham, Media Manager of Western NSW Local Health District.
“People who are not symptomatic or at high risk who have concerns should call the Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080. If attending a local General Practitioner or emergency department, people are advised to call ahead of their visit,” continued Kate.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include a possible fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and other symptoms. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress. You can check your symptoms online at www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details
As per the Federal Government’s advice, all travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms. Please follow the home isolation guidance to stop the spread of this virus.
To help protect the community people are asked to:
• Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitiser
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• Stay home if you are sick
• Avoid touching your face and avoid shaking hands with others.
• Keep your distance from others as much as possible through social distancing of 1.5 metres